Mindfulness is a basic human quality, a way of learning to pay wise attention to whatever is happening in the present moment.
Our minds often get carried away with all kinds of thought associations in which dwelling on the past and projecting into the future get all mixed up. Distracted and confused, we become withdrawn from immediate reality and fall prey to reactive emotions and automatic behavior.
When we live with greater attention and presence, we respond more effectively to any given situation – be it positive, negative or neutral – in a way that benefits our general well-being.
Mindfulness promotes our ability to master the many challenges of life more confidently. It is a very helpful way to cope with problems relating to professional and private stress. The training helps to prevent stress as well as burnout. It also promotes calmness and composure, improves self-control skills and enables people working under pressure to take charge of their own relief.
Recently this approach entered into the mainstream culture. A Google search on “mindfulness” results in millions of hits, and mindfulness-based therapies are growing in popularity, with teachers and programs all around the globe.
Wondering how many times a day you’re in a mindful state? There’s actually a 15-item questionnaire researchers use to measure mindfulness called the Mindful Attention Awareness Score (MAAS), that you can take to see where you stand — the higher the score, the greater your ability to be mindful.
Mindfulness training helps you:
- Develop self-awareness skills and the ability to manage your mindsets and emotions
- Train your mind in a useful and healthy direction
- Transform your relationship with yourself, your problems, and life in general
In the last 20 years there has been a huge amount of research pointing to the usefulness of mindfulness training for:
- Increasing health and well-being
- Dealing with stress and chronic pain
- Managing negative mindsets and difficult emotions
- Strengthen attention and concentration
- Developing a more empathetic and caring relationship with yourself and others
- Enhancing interpersonal skills and performance
How do you learn mindfulness?
No matter how many books or articles you may read on mindfulness, you will only get an intellectual understanding of the concept. The only way to really learn mindfulness is to experience it. MBSR program is the best way to start your Mindfulness Journey. MBSR has 35 years of research behind it and is recognized as the gold standard for mental and physical health in the field.
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Mindfulness is the quality of being present and fully engaged with whatever we’re doing at the moment — free from distraction or judgment, and aware of our thoughts and feelings without getting caught up in them. We train in this moment-to-moment awareness through meditation, allowing us to build the skill of mindfulness so that we can then apply it to everyday life. In teaching the mind to be present, we are teaching ourselves to be live more mindfully — in the present, taking a breath, not beholden to reactive thoughts and feelings — which is particularly helpful when faced with challenging circumstances or difficult situations. Headspace